First Responders Rescue Swimmer
The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) joined the Alameda Police Department (APD) and Oakland Fire Department (OFD) to rescue a person in distress in the waters of the Oakland Estuary.
When first responders arrived on the scene just after 5:30 p.m. last Monday, bystanders directed them to an adult male struggling to stay afloat near the Park Street Bridge. The current was carrying the man away from onlookers by the time the responders arrived. APD officers threw the victim a life ring to help stabilize him in the water.
AFD rescue swimmers arrived aboard a private boat. They rescued the man as he was about to go under. They brought him aboard an AFD rescue boat, which carried him ashore to a waiting ambulance. An AFD emergency medical services team transported the man to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to an AFD press release.
The U.S. Coast Guard responded with a rescue boat and helicopter. The helicopter assisted the first responders in an extensive land and water search for three other victims reportedly in the water. They found no-one else.
AFD responded with 21 firefighters and two rescue boats. APD assisted with multiple officers. OFD responded to the rescue effort with 11 firefighters and a rescue boat. Once first responders determined that there were no other victims, they turned the scene over to the Coast Guard. No rescue personnel were injured in this rescue.